Elliott “Junior” Manigault–Farming by the Moom

This video segment is from an interview with Elliott “Junior” Manigault (1925 – 2007) of Bamberg, SC, taken from the Shared History documentary video archives, which includes material not used in the documentary Shared History at http://www.sharedhistory.org. Mr. Manigault was a farmer and descendant of Jim Rumph, the slave foreman at Woodlands Plantation in South Carolina. He farmed the Rumph family land as well as property at Woodlands and worked for the Bamberg Highway Department.

Mr Manigault talks about some of the old ways of using signs when farming such as using the phases of the moon to predict rain.

To access the entire video, contact the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. Visit http:/library.sc.edu/socar/oralhist for more information.

2 responses to “Elliott “Junior” Manigault–Farming by the Moom

  1. Emma Lee Weibel

    I haven’t watched the video – too slow internet service, but the mention of moon signs! I am 73, my white parents in central Illinois always planted by the sign of the moon! No idea whether that helped, have never heard anyone else say they did that. But my parents sure did. They raised a great garden, too, but I think the yard-thick black topsoil we had in central Illinois, brought down by the glacier during the last ice age, helped!

  2. Hope so much you’ll be able to download it. Sometimes I have to retry several times myself. I’ve heard a lot about planting by the moon in South Carolina. Junior certainly believed it helped!

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